A season cruising along smoothly for Iowa suddenly has become choppy.
The Hawkeyes, who had avoided a losing streak until this week, dropped their third game in a row Thursday in Bloomington. Iowa dropped a 93-86 decision to the Hoosiers.
Minnesota knocked off the Hawkeyes, 95-89, on Tuesday. Iowa now has allowed at least 90 points in back to back games for the first time since the 2000-01, when Michigan and Michigan State pulled it off.
The Gophers burned up the nets with 61.2 percent shooting from the floor. Thursday, Indiana shot 51.7.
The Hawkeyes (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten) turned the ball over 18 times against Indiana (16-12, 7-9). Iowa point guard Mike Gesell, who's leading the conference in assist-to-turnover ration, coughed it up five times.
Melshan Basabe returned to the Iowa lineup Thursday after missing the better part of the previous two games with illness. He scored 14 and grabbed five rebounds. Aaron White added 19 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Penn State upset Ohio State earlier Thursday night to allow Iowa to slip into fourth place in the league, a half game ahead of the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes dropped back into a fifth-place tie with Nebraska after the defeat. The top four teams get a bye in the first round of the conference tournament next month.
Iowa has dropped three games in a row for the first time since starting the Big Ten season 0-3 a year ago.
The Hawkeyes return to action on Sunday when they welcome Purdue to Iowa City. It's the only scheduled meeting between the schools this season.